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Blu-ray Review: Person Of Interest Season 1

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PERSON OF INTEREST

Person of Interest Season 1 is written by Jonathan Nolan, co-writer of The Dark Knight and is produced by JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions. It stars Jim Cavaziel (The Passion of The Christ, The Thin Red Line), Michael Emerson (Lost, Saw), Taraji P. Henson (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Date Night) and Kevin Chapman (Mystic River, Unstoppable), the series has been winning dedicated followers.

The Blu-ray and DVD release of Person of Interest is on March 18th. The final episode will be on Channel 5 at 10pm on Sunday April 21st.

John Reese (CAVAZIEL) a former elite CIA officer is homeless and presumed dead following the death of the woman he loves. When he is approached by a reclusive billionaire computer genius Harold Finch (EMERSON) who lives under an assumed identity, they form a partnership to prevent and predict violent crimes using high-tech surveillance and their own brand of vigilante justice. Utilising a computer system commissioned by the US government, and built by Finch himself after the attacks of 9/11, Reese and Finch are able to receive details of imminent crimes, but never know what the crime will be, or whether the person that they have been notified of is a perpetrator or victim.

If you ever wondered how Batman could operate in real life Person of Interest shows you how. You have Finch who provides the money and technology, while Reese provides the muscle and sheer coolness.

I was not sure what to expect from the series. Starting with a dirty, bearded Jim Cavaziel beating up a bunch of idiots on a subway and then meeting the mysterious Finch I was hooked. Then to see Jim, now clean shaven and in a nice suit, walk into a back room arms deal talk a little bit before taking out 7 or 8 men and calmly walking out with a bag full of guns. This was going to be good.

I was not wrong. The series goes on with a victim or perp of the week, but it soon builds into something bigger. Not only are Reese and Finch helping people they also have to stay one step ahead of the police and CIA. The fact Reese is so secretive also means we are there with Reese as he tries to find out more about his mysterious benefactor.

The show is helped by the superb acting of Cavaziel and Emerson who really inhabit their roles. As the series goes on we see more of their past which brings both depth and more mystery to the proceedings.

The supporting cast, especially Henson and Chapman, also provide a wider scope to the story and it is great to see how the relationship between all the main cast develops. Then we have characters such as Zoe Morgan (Paige Turco) who we start off as a person of interest only to turn up in later episodes to either help or hinder the team.

As well as the weekly number there are numerous, longer story arcs which build throughout meaning the series does not get stale. You want to find out what will happen with a mob boss working his way to the top of the crime families in New York city, how far does the corruption in the police really go, what happened to Reese to leave him so cold and detached and how did Emerson get injured? Then of course there is the Machine who sees all and without which none of this would be happening.

The long game seems well planned out with a definite goal in mind. Add to that some great action scenes, explosions and chases it is most pleasing to watch.

With hints of a greater, bigger story to come I can highly recommend you check it out as soon as you can.